So many things going on here.
So many lessons to be learned.
So criminals moved-in in force with no police around. Shocking. This is my shocked face:For people in Cave Junction, a community of nearly 2,000 people near the rainy, forested California border, that means no law enforcement officers patrol the streets at night. The city doesn’t have its own police force, and deputies from the understaffed Josephine County Sheriff’s Office only patrol the area during daytime hours on weekdays, according to the Oregonian. Placing a call to 911 at night can mean waiting 45 minutes or more for someone to show up, and the area has experienced robberies and thefts tied to the local legal marijuana-growing industry.
Better than nothing, sounds promising... wait.. they are putting cameras everywhere?...So, last month, members of the Cave Junction City Council voted unanimously to try a new experiment in policing: Installing security cameras that will be monitored by a volunteer citizen patrol.
Oh boy, carrying a skateboard and dressing funny now makes you a hard core criminal? They can tell criminals by the way they walk? What the deuce is going on here?The private, resident-led group, CJ Patrol, already conducts regular nighttime patrols in the city. Rebecca Patton, Cave Junction’s city recorder, recently told Jefferson Public Radio that the volunteers can identify “hardcore criminals” just by looking at them. “They can identify them by the way that they dress, because they have a certain apparel that they wear all the time, or the way they walk,” she told the station. “Sometimes they carry things all the time, it could be something as simple as a skateboard. They have learned how to identify these people very, very quickly, then they know how to respond.”
And how... more tomfoolery and ballyhoo at the link.Civil rights violation incoming in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 …," the Oregon Justice Resource Center wrote on Twitter.